Showing posts with label helen hunt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label helen hunt. Show all posts

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Session marks the hot and bold return of Oscar Winer Helen Hunt

1997 Oscar winner for her powerful performance in "As Good As It Gets" Helen Hunt has taken a daring step with her hot return in a new film "The Sessions" which is also earning Oscar buzz. The film, formerly titled The Surrogates, was one of this year’s best reviewed films at the Sundance Film Festival, and is the first film of the year so far to get the Oscars buzzing.

In the film, Hunt plays a sex therapist, which is being called her “boldest move” on the big screen thus far in her career. Her character’s career as a sex therapist is a bit unconventional, and takes a hands-on approach. The original title of the film hints to her actual profession, a sex therapist that gets in bed with you to help you work out exactly what you’re doing wrong (emotionally, you pervs), hence the title “surrogate.”

For Hunt, she hasn’t starred in a film that’s gotten her this much critical acclaim since 1997′s As Good As It Gets, which also got her an Oscar, coincidentally.

The film is based on a true story, and pairs Hunt with a paraplegic client played by John Hawkes. For his part, Hawkes is also getting some Oscar buzz all his own, with early calls for a best actor Oscar nod. So far, the film boasts the dramatic audience award, a special jury prize for ensemble acting, and a standing ovation at Sundance t’boot.

The 49-year-old actress goes nude for the role, in which she helps Hawkes’s character lose his virginity before his health deteriorates too much for it to be possible.

The Sessions also stars William H. Macy and Rhea Perlman. It was written and directed by Ben Lewin, and is set for theaters on October 26.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Helen Hunt: a sex surrogate in the new film "The Surrogate"

American actress, film director, and screenwriter and Academy Award for best actress winner Helen Hunt has appeared with a new role as  a sex surrogate in the new film "The Surrogate." In this film Helen Hunt is working with John Hawkes, and William H. Macy and it has just been picked up by Fox Searchlight for $6 million. Also recently the new installation debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. According to Reuters, it is the largest acquisition at the annual festival so far this year.

The movie is based on the true story of Mark O’Brien, a poet who spent much of his life confined to an iron lung. When O’Brien decides that it’s time to lose his virginity, he hires a sex surrogate, played by Helen Hunt.

“We look forward to working with Searchlight to broaden the conversation of topics that were once considered taboo and that represent what’s going on in society in a much more open way,” producer Judi Levine said.

According to the IndiWire, Fox Searchlight will release “The Surrogate” later this year and is hoping for the movie to pick up a few awards. Hawkes performance, in particular, is gathering a lot of praise. Peter Debruge at Variety writes: “Performances are paramount in a film like this, and Hawkes works some kind of miracle despite the self-evident physical limitations of the role.”

Hunt, who has been out of the spotlight for several years, was also praised for her performance. Slash Film, which is already calling “The Surrogate” an Oscar contender for 2013, said: “While Hunt’s performance as Cheryl requires her to be nude for a large majority of the film, she’s not only beautiful, but incredibly confident with a sublayer of vulnerability.”